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Countering Online Hate Speech — "Hate speech online is situated at the intersection of multiple tensions: it is the expression of con icts between different groups within and across societies; it is a vivid example of how technologies with a transformative potential such as the Internet bring with them both opportunities and challenges; and it implies complex balancing between fundamental rights and principles, including freedom of expression and the defence of human dignity." Academia, Analysis, Regulation, Tech Responses, UN UNESCO
Regulating Internet Content: Challenges and Opportunities — Terrorist groups, like everyone else today, rely on the internet. Al-Qaeda in Iraq made its name disseminating hostage beheading videos. Omar Hammami became a Twitter star for the Somali jihadist group al-Shabaab. The Islamic State put all this on steroids, producing and disseminating thousands of videos in Arabic, English, French, Russian and other languages to reach Muslims around the world. Academia, Tech Responses, Terrorism
In ‘Watershed Moment,’ YouTube Blocks Extremist Cleric’s Message — Now, under growing pressure from governments and counterterrorism advocates, YouTube has drastically reduced its video archive of Mr. Awlaki, an American cleric who remains the leading English-language jihadist recruiter on the internet six years after he was killed by a United States drone strike. Using video fingerprinting technology, YouTube now flags his videos automatically and human reviewers block most of them before anyone sees them, company officials say. Tech Responses
Digital Decay: Tracing Change Over Time Among English-Language Islamic State Sympathizers on Twitter — Until 2016, Twitter was the online platform of choice for English-language Islamic State (IS) sympathizers. As a result of Twitter’s counter-extremism policies - including content removal - there has been a decline in activity by IS supporters. This outcome may suggest the company’s efforts have been effective, but a deeper analysis reveals a complex, nonlinear portrait of decay. Such observations show that the fight against IS in the digital sphere is far from over. In order to examine this change over time, this report collects and reviews 845,646 tweets produced by 1,782 English-language pro-IS accounts from February 15, 2016 to May 1, 2017. This study finds that Twitter’s policies hinder sympathizers on the platform, but counter-IS practitioners should not overstate the impact of these measures in the broader fight against the organization online.

Academia, Tech Responses, Terrorism
Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content — Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince has called for the implementation of a framework to govern how the internet’s gatekeepers deal with cases like The Daily Stormer. This comes after a number of tech companies have revoked support for the neo-Nazi website for its close association with the violent far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville. News, Tech Responses, USA, Violent Extremist
Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube, and Twitter form Global Internet to Counter Terrorism — Today Facebook, Microsoft, YouTube and Twitter collectively announced a new partnership aimed at reducing the accessibility of internet services to terrorists. The new Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism adds structure to existing efforts by the companies to target and remove from major web platforms recruiting materials for terror groups. GIFCT, News, Tech Responses